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The Battle for Home
The Syrian War from the point of view of a young architect
Death by Redesign
Interactive Documentary on the Grenfell Tower
© Marwa Al-Sabounib
Marwa al-Sabouni is a young Syrian architect based in Homs, one of the cities most devastated by the war that has ravaged the country since 2011. In The Battle for Home the narrates the personal experience of living and working as an architect in a city under constant destruction. And she does so with special emphasis on the role that architecture plays in community building. Gone are the times when churches and mosques stood next to each other and citizens with different creeds coexisted in harmony. Today public space in the city has practically disappeared and, with this, social cohesion. In The Battle for Home, Marwa al-Sabouni explores the personal impact that the conflict has had on her, but also offers hope about how architecture can contribute to recovering the country from devastation.
Marwa al-Sabouni is also the cofounder of a web page in Arabic about architecture.